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  • Manufacturer: Audemars Piguet
    Year: 2006
    Reference No: 25820PT
    Movement No: 549'480
    Case No: F45245.160
    Model Name: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Automatic, cal 2120/2802, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Platinum Audemars Piguet bracelet, max length 185 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Audemars Piguet deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity undated and stamped Exclusive Watches Limited, Rosa Marina Pieta, instruction manual, outer box and fitted wooden self-winding box. Further accompanied by Audemars Piguet and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo co-signed Royal Oak 50th Anniversary Attestation.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A new Royal Oak perpetual calendar model featuring this time a leap year indicator, reference 25820 was launched in 1996 and in production until 2013. 628 pieces in steel, 107 pieces in yellow gold, 74 pieces in platinum, 11 in pink gold, 378 in steel and platinum, 15 in tantalum and yellow gold, 9 in tantalum and platinum, and 13 in tantalum and pink gold for a total of 1235 examples.

    One of the most appreciated case/dial combinations one can find in a wristwatch is arguably that of a white metal case with a salmon dial. The neutral metal of the case offers a canvas which allows for the dial to express its warm hue at its best, furthermore the note of color imparted by the salmon tonality confers to the ensemble some lightheartedness without being however extravagant to the point of diminishing the importance of the timepiece. The historical relevance of pink gold dials is also noteworthy as this particular hue has been employed on wristwatches since the early 19th century, with some of the most important timepieces ever created indeed featuring a salmon dial.

    When this already hallowed match of salmon dial and white metal case finds its expression on a platinum timepiece, such as in this instance, the aesthetic power of the watch is amplified by the icy tonality of platinum and boosted by the weight of the timepiece which conveys on a physical level the importance of the object.

  • Artist Biography

    Audemars Piguet

    Swiss • 1881

    A specialist in the manufacture of complications since it was established in 1881, Audemars Piguet never ceases to impress with a rich history of creating bold, even audacious, timepieces underpinned by traditional watchmaking at its finest. This Le Brassus-based Swiss manufacturer is one of only two major manufacturers still owned by the founding family. Since its earliest days, AP is considered a leader in the field of minute repeaters and grande complication pocket and wristwatches. The brand is devoted to preserving the history of watchmaking in the Vallée de Joux, showcased at their superb museum in Le Brassus.

    Today, the brand is best known for its Royal Oak models, a revolutionary luxury sports watch launched in 1972. Other key models include early minute repeating wristwatches, vintage chronograph wristwatches, such as the oversized reference 5020, perpetual calendar watches and the Royal Oak Offshore, first introduced in 1993.

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Ref. 25820PT
An extremely attractive platinum perpetual calendar wristwatch with salmon dial, original certificate and box

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF554,400

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The Royal Oak 50th

Geneva Auction 6 May 2022